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Spring Cleaning Prevents Mold

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Spring cleaning often means a “deep clean” of the long forgotten areas of our homes. We clean closets, vacuum around base boards, and replace air filters. Could there be other areas of your home needing cleaning that are being missed? Possibly areas of mold growth you can help prevent? Here are a few tips for your yearly spring cleaning to make it as profitable as possible.

  1. Cabinets in a kitchen can accumulate grease build up, especially those over a stove area. There are products available that offer cleaning and rejuvenating of cabinets, available at a local home improvement store.
  2. Dishwashers, while serving to clean dishes, need to be cleaned as well. Food build up can occur, leaving an odor and poor quality washing. To clean your dishwasher, first check manufacture guidelines to see if there are details of areas needing to be emptied of debris or specific solutions to use. A common way of cleaning a dishwasher is to run a cycle without dishes and a specialty cleaner instead of dish detergent. Mold can build up in crevices. 
  3. Ovens in kitchens can begin to smell of burnt food, signaling it is especially time for a cleaning. House Beautiful suggests first chipping away old food, then, spraying an oven approved cleaner, finally, wiping clean of all materials and grime.
  4. Clean your cleaning tools! Brooms often accumulate annoying dust bunnies. To ensure your floors are being swept as well as possible, dip brooms in warm, soapy water and stir around until dust bunny’s release. Another option is using the hose of your vacuum to remove debris in a broom and empty hose when finished.
  5. When was the last time your carpets were cleaned? Carpet cleaning is important not only for the look of your carpet but for the removal of dust, dirt, gasses, and other debris not easily removed by a household vacuum. Carpets should be cleaned once a year, as waiting until they appear dirty may mean never fully restoring carpets. SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas provides a variety of carpet cleaning services.

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